The new and improved Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is really an architectural wonder and one of the most beautiful terminals I have ever set foot in.
New Orleans (MSY) Airport Is Beautiful
Originally on the grounds of the Moisant Stock Yards, hence the MSY airport code, New Orleans Airport was rather dungeon-like for decades. But a new world class terminal complex opened in late 2019 and I recently experienced it for the first time.
The true wonder is not the gate areas, but the terminal entrance and lobby, with soaring ceilings, curves, natural light, and even some greenery.
Pelli Clarke Pelli, the design firm which designed the new airport, explained:
“The building’s form evokes the geography of the Delta region and soft curves of the Mississippi River. Symmetrical in plan, the building forms a gentle arc on three sides. A monumental roof rises toward the building’s centerline, where it crests over a large central skylight. The terminal facades are primarily glass, allowing for views out to the airfield.”
César Pelli is an acclaimed Argentine-American architect who designed such world landmarks as the the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the World Financial Center in New York City.
In short, an added bonus of visiting New Orleans is the lovely airport…it’s an architectural marvel that the city of NOLA should be proud of.